Call it what you want, but a multirotary tool does a lot

  • Tue Aug 28th, 2012 10:45pm
  • Life

By The Carey Brothers

Wikipedia calls it a “moto-tool.” Amazon calls it a “rotary Tool.” We call it a “multitool.”

The company that makes the device calls it a Dremel tool. And we have to admit that moto, rotary and multi all do well to describe this tiny but handy tool of many uses.

Both of us own Dremel tools and each of us has dozens of bits that we use to grind, cut, polish, bore, drill, buff and more. One of the great benefits of the Dremel tool is that it is so tiny and can be used in hard to get to places and for delicate craft projects.

However, the beneficial size has its drawbacks. Bits are small making them difficult to change. An itty-bitty screw is used to hold most “tips” in place. To change a tip a very small screw must be removed (without being lost) and the new accessory must be held in place while the screw is replaced.

If your eyesight leaves something to be desired, the process can get complicated.

We recently found ourselves in a situation where we needed to cut a small rectangular opening into the side of a metal wiring enclosure. We agreed that the Dremel would do the trick, but we were out of cutting discs. It was off to the store to pickup a fresh supply.

While searching for the correct disc, we discovered an interesting alternative: a new gadget on the shelf. The company had developed a new pull and twist blade mounting system that seemed as though it would eliminate all the fuss and bother associated tiny screws and even tinier screwdrivers.

Needless to say we couldn’t wait to try out the new contraption. We purchased the kit, took it home and found ourselves giggling all the way through the project. We found the new accessory incredibly easy to install and use. You will too.

Only in America: In a down economy when holding on to research and development funds makes a more sense than not, we are surrounded by companies that are doing their level best to improve their products. We are amazed when we discover an ingenious new twist on an old standby. But that’s the American way.

The new Dremel accessory is called the EZ Lock.

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